Thousands of runners – big and small - are taking their marks for the new Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon and Timms Solicitors Family Fun Run this summer.
The popular events – on Sunday 3rd June - are set to be organised for the first time by Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, part of the legacy of the late inspirational Jane Tomlinson CBE.
The Derby Half, formerly known as the Ramathon, and the Derby Family Fun Run join Run For All’s growing stable of high profile charity runs, which already includes the Sheffield and Leeds Half Marathons and the Leicester and Nottingham 10Ks.
Run For All aims to build on the success of the Derby event which already attracts thousands of runners every year. It will also give the event a new more charitable focus, with a number of partner charities set to receive a major boost.
Entries are now open at https://www.runforall.com/events/half-marathon/derby-half-marathon/
Just like its predecessor, the Derby Half race will begin at the atmospheric Pride Park stadium – the home of Derby County Football Club. As in previous years, it will leave Pride Park Stadium and head into city centre passing the historic Market Place and towering Cathedral of All Saints. The stunning Elvaston Castle County Park will also remain a key part of the route.
The Family Fun Run will take place on the same day, taking a route around Pride Parkway and Alvaston Park.
Run For All’s Head of Events Tristan Batley-Kyle said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to take on the running of such an excellent event and can’t wait to introduce Run For All to Derby.
“The existing half marathon in Derby has built a fantastic reputation and we aim to build on its success even further still.
“We look forward to working with everyone involved to make the Asda Foundation Derby Half Marathon and the Timms Solicitors Family Fun Run a huge success.”
The half marathon event is sponsored by Asda Foundation, the charitable arm of the supermarket chain, which in 2018 will be offering all half marathon participants FREE medal engraving to celebrate their achievement.
Mandy Rivett, Asda Foundation Coordinator, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to add another exciting half marathon to the Asda Foundation Run For All series.
“The events that make up the series are already highly regarded and the addition of Derby will further enhance that reputation and provide a great new challenge for runners and fundraisers.”
Run For All is working in partnership with a number of organisations including Derby City Council and Derby County FC to deliver the event.
Over 600 children are expected to take part in the Derby Family Fun Run, which is supported by Timms Solicitors for the fourth year.
Timms Solicitors Managing Partner, Fiona Moffat, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to support the Derby Family Fun Run as the headline sponsor again in 2018. It’s always fantastic to see so many young people of all ages and abilities taking part and we look forward to lending them a huge amount of encouragement again in 2018.”
All profits from Run For All events go to the Jane Tomlinson Appeal which supports children’s and cancer charities in the areas funds are raised. Since its launch in 2007, more than £10m has been raised through the Appeal and Run For All.
Participants in the half marathon can take part for fun – or to fundraise! They can raise money for any cause that’s close to their heart but are especially encouraged to support one of the event’s official partner charities. In 2018 they include Derby Hospitals Charity, Canaan Trust, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, with more to be announced shortly.
Ali Furlong, from Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, commented: “We are so excited to be part of such a prestigious race and deeply grateful to Run For All and its partners.
“Money raised from this event and individually from entrants running for Rainbows will help youngsters with life-limiting conditions and their families when they need it most. And every pound raised for Rainbows really can help make a difference,” she added.
Kevin Curtis, Project Manager of the Canan Trust, said: “The Canaan Trust, a local independent homeless charity, is delighted to be chosen to be a charity partner for the Derby Half Marathon.
“The Trust has had a long proactive relationship with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and Run For All which have delivered hundreds of successful events across the country providing so many charities with the opportunity to raise their own profiles and, through the generosity of thousands of participants, raising millions of pounds to help their good causes.
“This year the Canaan Trust is calling on individuals and groups from across Derbyshire to: ‘Run for Home – Run for the Homeless’.”
Marie Gretton, Communications and Fundraising Officer, of Derby Hospitals Charity, said: “Derby Hospitals Charity are proud the be an official partner for the Derby Half Marathon. By supporting Derby Hospitals Charity, our runners will be supporting all aspects of the vital work of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at the Royal Derby Hospital and the London Road Community Hospital.
“We are here to help make patients’ lives better and your amazing donations support enable the charity to help provide the extras that cannot be provided from NHS statutory funding but make a huge difference to our patients and staff.”
Jenny Sellers, Fundraising and Events Assistant for the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, said: “We’re really excited for the Derby Half Marathon and we hope that participants will consider supporting the Jane Tomlinson Appeal in 2018. With their help we can continue Jane’s amazing legacy.”
The official partner charity of the Timms Solicitors Family Fun Run is Sporting Communities, which works to help young people and families in times of need, from diverting young people away from crime to supporting struggling families and helping people with their mental health.
Ben Rigby, Direct of Sporting Communities, said: “Sporting Communities are excited to be the Derby Half Family Fun Run's good cause. Large sporting events such as this are a great way of bringing all people from different parts of the country together to celebrate sport, health and wellbeing. As an organisation that supports young people and communities around Derbyshire and Derby City, we are proud to be involved in one of the city’s most prestigious events.”
To enter the Timms Solicitors Derby Family Fun Run go to https://www.runforall.com/events/fun-runs/derby-family-fun-run/